Constipation is a common health concern. Occasional constipation is rarely a cause for concern, although it can be uncomfortable. Chronic constipation can be a symptom of a serious condition. At the least, it causes uncomfortable symptoms, such as:
Most of the time, constipation is caused by dietary issues, but it’s also linked to:
There are many ways to manage constipation. The easiest and best way to reduce your risk of constipation is to add more fiber to your diet. Additionally, visiting the chiropractor can help you avoid or alleviate constipation.
Several things can contribute to constipation. For example:
Blockages might be caused by the following:
Neurological problems are also linked to constipation. Nerve problems might be caused by the following:
Pelvic muscles play an important role in elimination. If you struggle to relax your pelvic muscles or you have weakened muscles, it can cause constipation.
Hormones help balance fluids in your body. A lack of fluid can cause stool to harden and be difficult to pass. Diseases and conditions that affect hormones include:
There are other risk factors, some of which are manageable, that increase someone’s risk of constipation. This includes:
Chiropractic adjustments help constipation.
This is because the digestive system is connected to the spine through a system of nerves. Good communication between these nerves is necessary for the digestive system to function correctly.
Spinal misalignments disrupt nerve communication and can cause dysfunction, leading to constipation.
Chiropractic adjustments correct spinal misalignments, remove nerve interference, and restore proper function to the intestines. This reduces your risk of constipation.
One study confirmed that chiropractic therapy can be used as an adjunct to other forms of conventional treatment of GI disorders. In this study, researchers reviewed studies published between 1980 and November 2012 in peer-reviewed journals concerning chiropractic care. Most articles reported mild to moderate improvements with no adverse side effects.
Another study concluded that chiropractic adjustment appears to have a role in the improvement of chronic constipation. This study showed near-immediate relief of symptoms after just one chiropractic adjustment. The study subject experienced:
If you are suffering from constipation, regardless of its severity or frequency, chiropractic care can help. It’s not only a great way to treat the problem but also improves overall health and reduces the risk of constipation. If you are in a high-risk group for constipation, consider incorporating chiropractic treatments into your self-care plan to prevent a problem from developing.
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